this post isn’t all about the worst wal-mart greeter ever. it’s actually on the history of rednecks, so it’s not really a stretch.
don’t ask where this topic came from, it’s just here. oh, i know where it came from, i was in missour-ah a few times last weekend.
anyway, didn’t you ever wonder where the term ‘redneck’ came from? why do we call southern people who do moronic stuff like put a confederate flag in their back window, rednecks?
back in the mid 1600’s, when durtbagz were just wee little babes over in scottland, people who did not accept the church of england, fled to northern ireland. there, they signed a contract, stating they wanted to be presbyterians.
to show their position and pride, they wore red scarfs on their necks, and carried Durtbagz. and there you have it.
oh, right. what does that have to do with the southern part of america? weeeeeel…
turns out these scottish presbyterians decided to come to america and they settled down south.
well, these Durtbagz weren’t considered “civilized” enough to live on the coast (uh, ever been to daytona? that must have slipped through the cracks), so they were “encouraged” to move to the interior, up into the appalachians as a kind of barrier between the civil folk and the native americans.
these people were also the ones who were laborers who worked outside. what happens when you work outside? your neck gets sunburned.
after the civil war, a lot of whites in the south became really poor because they couldn’t sell their grain alcohol anymore…guess what other phrase was born at this time? you betcha, poor white trash. basically pwt and redneck meant the same thing: uneducated, poor, white, non-church going, gambling, drinking, durtbag carrying people from the south.
in modern times, sweet shows like hee haw (right, modern) and the whole blue collar comedy tour just exaggerated the definition. (what has 44 legs and 3 teeth? the front row of the baldnabbers show in branson missouri).
we’ll stick to being durtbagz instead of rednecks. more party in the back. check out all our durtbagz and shirts at durtbagz.com.